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5 Fashion Trends for Risk-Takers

Spring has sprung in Jersey City, yet it’s been cold, gray and rainy almost daily for the past month — which only makes all of us more anxious to break out a new look. So while you stay in hibernation and continue spring cleaning, consider the new pieces you’d like to add to your wardrobe. Suzy Walsh, style blogger at The House Of Elegance Fashionoffers bold trends to try (and please add some color to yours, for my sake:)

5  Fashion Trends for Risk-Takers
Fashion is not always about wearing a summery dress or pairing some graphic T-shirt with jeans. The evolution of fashion is rapid, and youngsters have some of the quirkiest styles. You just never know what turns into a trend overnight — one day you wake up and every woman is sporting it. Here are the 5 most radical styles at the moment that only risk-takers can pull off.

1. The Corset Craze

[Image credit for all celeb photos in the article: Elle.com]

Corsets have been a part of history, and the return has been shocking. Women were initially wearing tight corsets around their waist to shed some pounds, and now they are seen sporting it above clothes as a trend. The trend is seriously getting out of hand as women are pressurizing their waistline to fit into one. If you are comfortable wearing it, go ahead and give it a try. Pair with knee-high boots if you are donning it with a shirt or any of your favorite dresses. Get the look in Jersey City: Naughty and Nice Lingerie

2. Velvet Meets Leather and Faux Fur

Sounds confusing right? Well, we were taken aback when we had seen unique fashionista Rihanna sporting this trend, but somehow it made sense. This is a perfect mixed-weather date night outfit if you want to keep it sexy yet casual. If you have a sleeveless deep necked velvet dress, wear it with your leather faux fur jacket. If the date doesn’t go well, you can always hit the club with this attire! Mix materials without fear: Graffiti and Gold

3. Glam Jammies

Did you ever think that your pajamas could be a fashion statement? Guess what, they are! You can totally wear a pajama jumpsuit with a lapel or trench coat, along with a statement choker and slicked-back hair. Add your pumps that best complement the attire to complete the look. This may be an unusual style, but it is super comfy and something anyone can take a risk with. Another Man’s Treasure usually has “glammies” in stock.

4. Stockings Over Shoes

Do you have a gorgeous strapless thigh-high gown for prom or an upcoming event? Have you considered trying the stocking trend? Yes, Bella Hadid wore stockings with her custom-made gown on the red carpet. Surprisingly, the stockings were worn over her shoes, which made for a a super cool look. It’s a trend everyone can easily try, especially the risk-takers who love experimenting. Get your stockings at Tia’s Place.

5. Lace-up Pants

Lace-up pants in denim and leather have become extremely famous, thanks to the #squad supermodels. If you love the look in leather, take the risk down a notch. Be clashy and pair them with a plaid shirt like Kim Kardashian, or be clean and choose a neutral, basic cotton top (no patterns, no more leather) so that the pants take the spotlight. Head to F21 at the Newport Mall to snag a pair of leather lace-up pants.

Bottom line: Play around with the bold trends of 2017 to see if you can incorporate them into your own personal style.

Suzy Walsh is an expert and style blogger at The House Of Elegance Fashion. Her different approach towards fashion is fresh and fun.

Con Vivo Celebrates Earth Day [This Sunday!]

Con Vivo Music will celebrate Earth Day weekend with a unique performance of “Not Less Than the Good,” a 60-minute musical sunrise and celebration of morning as embraced by Henry David Thoreau in “Walden” at the Barrow Mansion (83 Wayne St.), this Sunday at 6pm. The concert is free; all ages welcome.

“Not Less Than the Good” simulates a sunrise by combining the meditative playing of the saxophone quartet with ambient synthesizers. The music grows from a single quiet note, adding notes and timbres, growing in fullness and depth, much like the literature does with words (Ed. note: I’m only making that comparison because I wrote a term paper on “Walden” while at NYU).

Underneath this are real, pre-recorded sounds during the pre-dawn and early morning hours at Walden Pond: a chorus of insects, the lone song of dawn’s first bird which is joined by others in a raucous counterpoint, and the splashing of morning swimmers.

And keeping even further in trend with Beyonce, the hour-long performance is punctuated by readings of excerpts from “Walden”, considered a secular prayer of hope for enlightenment, that are narrated by poet J. D. McClatchy.

More info here.

 

May your ears be delighted,
JCG

Goddess Night: Kennedy Dancers [This Saturday!]

Let’s take another moment to celebrate females. The Kennedy Dancers of Jersey City are performing Goddess Night – An Evening of Belli Dance and Female Wisdom this Saturday, April 22 at 7:30pm at 79 Central Ave. (the corner of Beacon and Central) in Jersey City.

Yes, there is belly dancing (apparently the “y” is an Americanized thing) throughout. The presentation is multifaceted — there will be a mystical theme overlaying the following dance styles: cultural, folk, tribal fusion and Arabic.

The dances are meant to transport you back to a time when belly dancing had meaningful purposes. Seriously. Once upon a time, belly dancing was an important component to traditions, whether rituals, rights of passage or other significant life events. 

Kennedy Dancers Inner City Youth Junior Dance Company are performing with choreography by Diane Dragone.

Tickets are $20pp in advance and $25pp at the door. Price includes light fare and bevvies.

Best part: All proceeds from the fundraiser help the Inner City Junior Dance Company, which is awesome.

Experience something great & feel good about it,
JCG

 

Andco Jersey City


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, the co-working space in the Charles&co. building (201 Montgomery St.) has become quite the happening spot in downtown Jersey City.

Created to be a hub for local artists and entrepreneurs, the space offers a full spectrum of office amenities and monthly events to inspire creativity and imagination, like photography exhibits, tech meetups, a movie series and wine tastings.

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The 20,000 sq. foot space is a mix of classic and modern furnishings. Chairs, clocks, cabinets and fire alarms salvaged from the Hamilton Square development (formerly St. Francis Hospital), adorn the rooms. Andco has Finnish lighting by Muuto, and a living green wall, meditation room, and a terrace.

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Of course, there are your typical offices, conference spaces, open desks and community tables, a kitchen, and all of the machines you would need to conduct business.

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There are several options for membership, ranging from $250-$800 per month, and some events are open to the public if you want to experience the Andco space.

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To killing work goals in 2017,

JCG

Project Jersey City Holiday Market 12/3-12/4

Jersey City Project Market

The Jersey City Project hosts its fourth annual holiday Project: MARKET this year on December 3rd & 4th, 2016 from 11am-6pm. The heated outdoor market features a variety of local vendors and is located next to City Hall (280 Grove Street to be exact) in the Historic Downtown section of Jersey City.

The kick-off event of Jersey City’s holiday shopping season highlights local businesses and food vendors, encouraging economic growth amongst small businesses. Eat, shop, drink, and be merry!

Keep it local JC!
JCG

The Bullet Map: Comprehensive Transit

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As a NY/NJ commuter and a lover of maps, I thought The Bullet Map a cool thing to mention to my fellow Jersey City peeps, NYC friends and those in upstate NY and Connecticut: A map that has every transit option, within and across state lines, in one place. The Bullet Map is available as a printed map and soon as a mobile map app.
 
Anthony Denaro, the man behind the project, began with combining all of NYC’s subway and bus routes in one big map, while adding outliers. For instance, The Bullet Map is the first complete subway map that also shows the PATH and HBLR.
 
But that’s not where it ends. Anthony has been working to include upstate New York and Connecticut. “The maps are already done and designed,” says Anthony, “but the really hard part is finishing the fundraising so that we can get these maps out there. And beyond that, continue to work on them to add more services in the tri- and upstate areas.”
 
Even cooler, the Bullet Map team has developed an app for what will be the ultimate comprehensive map (iOS and Android friendly) that will have a real time data feed (inter-state transit updates!)

The team is super close to their kickstarter campaign goal. Please check it out and help them out here! Or order a print here.
 
Some last words of wisdom from Anthony: “In NYC, the transit system is still paid for with a single fare and that one fare includes transfers between our local buses and the subway system. Most people don’t know about other free transfers between surface and subway, because they are rarely communicated.” So you may want to check out The Bullet Map not only to navigate or save time, but to save money from double-paying for your transit service.

Please help this campaign as these maps and app will be a time and life saver. Click here to donate.

 

To an efficient Point A to Point B,
JCG

State of the Union: Meet the Artists 11/5

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The Drawing Rooms at Victory Hall in Jersey City (180 Grand St.) is exhibiting “State of the Union” (through November 20th), which “deals with current social, political and environmental issues that weigh heavily during this most important election season.”

Curated by Anne Trauben, the exhibit features drawing, painting, print, sculpture and installation by eight artists living in the NJ/NY Metropolitan Area.

This Saturday, November 5th, you have a chance to meet some of the artists behind the work:

Laurel Garcia Colvin
Joe Waks
Tuan Tran
Eve Ingalls

A workshop/talk will happen from 3-6pm on Saturday 11/5/16 and Sunday 11/6/16. Gallery hours are 12-6pm.The other artists featured are Margaret Roleke, Patricia Cazorla, Nancy Saleme and Patricia Dahlman. “Their creative investigations and unique takes on the world we share are surprising, engaging and often beautiful,” says Anne.

The Drawing Room is a 10-room Jersey City art space featuring innovative drawing, painting and print. Jim Pustorino is the Director.

Let’s dwell on this from a new angle,
JCG

The Jersey City International Film and Television Festival

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November 4-6 marks the 3rd annual Jersey City International and Television Festival.

The red carpet opening kicks off the weekend at 6pm at NJCU School of Business (200 Hudson St.) Friday 11/4.

All films and screening locations are listed here. Purchase tickets here.

 

Let’s watch,
JCG

JC Artists Studio Tour 2016!

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The 26th annual Jersey City Art & Studio Tour kicks off tonight, Jersey City! Perhaps one of the most anticipated events in Jersey City, JCAST has even more artists this year, and especially more shows in the vaster areas of the city (a.k.a. not downtown).

JCAST features over 800 artists during its weekend-long event. It’s not only a great opportunity to meet your local artists and purchase unique pieces at reasonable prices, it’s a fine time to get to know your neighbors, government officials and connect with the burgeoning city’s ever-growing diverse community of eclectic citizens.

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Tonight is the kick-off opening gala curated by the Office of Cultural Affairs and Art House Productions, where you will experience 40,000 square feet of visual artwork, installation, performance, handmade art and more at the JCAST Flagship Gallery (150 Pacific Ave.).

The event is free and open to the public, and offers an array of entertainment for all ages. The full list of all artists/performers on opening night is here. Free transportation will be provided to and from the JCAST Gallery at City Hall (280 Grove St.).

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Find out about all Saturday and Sunday showings here. Free shuttles will be running from almost everywhere in Jersey City to transport you from neighborhood to neighborhood, as the we are a vast city of highly talented artists. I mean, we are talking about 15 sq. miles of glorious art!

I always try to soak up as much as I can, but it is nearly impossible to see everything over the two days; choose wisely and plan well. 150 Bay St. is always a good place to start if you’re unsure. Share your favorite finds with me on twitter (@jerseycitygia).

Here are some of my past memories from JCAST weekend.

Celebrate Our Local Artists!
JCG

Jersey City Fashion Week 2016

 

Fashion Week 2016 is here, Jersey City! Yes, Our Fashion Week.

Jersey City celebrates fashion, entertainment and community for its 5th Annual Fashion Week (end). All access tickets are available, or you can purchase by individual events. Full schedule below.

Opening Night // Thursday 9/22:

Fashion in The Park VIP Exclusive Event
(5:30-9:30 pm; Maritime Park, 84 Audrey Zapp Drive)

*International and Couture Designers: Nadu Lawson, Sadia Hussain, Michele Walden McPhee, Hope Wade, Tyrone Chablis, Leontine Abdullah

*Fashion Show Host: Midori Amae!!

*JCFW People of Influence Awards: Senator Cory Booker, Senator Brian Stack, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Countries and The Fashion Art Exchange

*DJ: C-Lo The Heavey Hitter; performance by Musical Artist Eric G

*Gift Bags Sponsored by Clearport Events

Buy Tickets Here

Click below to read the full Jersey City Fashion Week schedule…

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